Electrical Safety Advice For All

Although the UK has a fairly good record of electrical safety, there are still over 30 deaths and nearly 40000 injuries from electrical accidents and the 8000 fires that occur in the home each year. Most of the accidents in the home involve faults in, or misuse of, domestic appliances, flexes, plugs or connectors. A large number are related to electrical maintenance or DIY activities. The major dangers to health from electrical accidents are from shock, burns, explosion or arcing, fire, and mechanical movements initiated by electricity.

The causes of such incidents are varied but include:

Deterioration of the electrical installation;
Broken accessories and equipment;
Misuse of the installation and equipment;
Inconsistent maintenance programmes.

Whether you are a landlord, owner or tenant, to find out more about electrical safety click on  the following link to access comprehensive information provided by  Electrical Safety First:

http://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guides-and-advice/around-the-home/

Socket Overload Calculator

Most people have extension leads in their homes, using 4-way bar adaptors to increase the number of appliances that they can plug into a wall socket. However, although there is space to plug in four appliances, this does not mean it is always safe to do so. Different electrical appliances use different amounts of power. To avoid the risk of overheating and possibly fire, you should never plug into an extension lead or socket appliances that together use more than 13 amps or 3000 watts of energy.

Use the Electrical Safety Council’s calculator to plug in some typical household appliances to see the effect on the load, and to get useful tips on how to avoid overloading your sockets. Visit the calculator at:

http://www.esc.org.uk/public/safety-in-the-home/product-safety/overloading-sockets/